Burnet patrol sergeant charged for killing man who ran over his foot

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BURNET, Texas (KXAN) – A Burnet patrol sergeant was indicted in connection with the March shooting death of a man who allegedly drove over his foot, according to documents filed in court. 

Russell Butler faces murder and felony aggravated assault charges in connection with the death of Brandon Michael Jacque on March 27

That day, Butler was responding to the intersection of McNeil Street and East League Street in Burnet for a loud noise complaint. 

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson told the media at the time that the 25-year-old victim was in a car and backed up toward Butler and didn’t stop when Butler told him to. The car drove over Butler’s foot and that’s when he’s accused of firing his weapon. 

During the same incident, Butler is accused of threatening to shoot a woman.

Butler had been with the Burnet Police Department for three years and had recently been promoted. He was put on administrative leave after the shooting happened. On Wednesday, BPD said he had been released of duty as of April 23.

A KXAN source said Butler turned himself in in Llano County Wednesday morning. He faces a $150,000 bond in connection with the charges he faces — one count of murder and three counts of aggravated assault by a public servant. 

As of Tuesday, Butler’s employment with the Burnet Police Department was terminated for “policy violation,” related to “use of force,” according to Chief Nelson. 

Jacque’s sister tells KXAN he had a 4-year-old daughter. An obituary for Jacque showed he was two weeks away from turning 26. 

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